Working Fires Foundation has one clear aim: communicating complex and avant-garde scientific ideas, simply. We do this by empowering would-be authors from various mathematical, scientific, and philosophical fields—helping nascent talent discover their voices and amplifying them to a broader public.
While we are currently focused on publishing, we are in the process of building education and event initiatives. Future endeavors include high school scholarship competitions, symposiums, graphic novels, and nationally-recognized panels of experts.
We are currently seeking authors!
You: an engineer, a philosopher, a mathematician, physicist, or computer scientist. The brains behind the company, the thinker in the tower, or the tinkerer who invents.
Us: the pathway toward giving your ideas voice—helping you to inspire a younger generation and elevate the public discourse.
Want to get involved in some way? Reach out here.
Damian, CEO & Founder of CoreAVI, is a technology-loving, problem solver who wants to answer the tricky, interesting questions. This inquisitiveness—combined with over 25 years in software and business development—has helped Damian and his team to develop real-time safety critical graphics and compute drivers for military and avionics applications. Over 155 major aerospace and defense programs in more than 25 countries operate CoreAVI’s award-winning safety critical technologies.
Founding Member, Publishing Director
An experienced editor, Matthew helps writers forge artistic, academic, and educational content. With decades of writing, editing, and publishing experience, he oversees all aspects of the foundation's publishing initiative—from acquisition and development through publication and launch. If it has to do with books, Matthew is the leader of the charge here at Working Fires.
Founding Member, Operations Director
Andrés is a systems thinker and is helping with the behind-the-scenes infrastructure here at Working Fires. A teacher and one-time founder of Toho Publishing (a small Philadelphian imprint), he has a knack for codifying, development, and getting things done. He has degrees from Cornell, Brooklyn College, and The New School, and has published a variety of material—ranging from short stories and articles to a book. But his true passion is in the development of individuals, and he sees Working Fires as a conduit toward that aim.
Kenneth is senior director of research and innovation at CoreAVI and chief technology officer at Squint AI. His work focuses on the intersection of artificial intelligence and determinism, enabling neural networks to execute in safety critical systems. Kenneth has co-authored two articles in the scholarly journal Machine Learning with Applications and several white papers for different publications, including Embedded Computing Design. He also holds several patents under CoreAVI’s auspices.
James is a seasoned graphic designer who has done work for Google, Zagat, Pepsi, American Express, McCann New York, NYU, Reebok, and tons of small businesses and startups. His main focuses include infographics, print layout, digital design, and typesetting. He loves to typeset page after page of a nice classic font and see a book come together. James holds a BFA from Alfred University with a focus on graphic design and painting.
Social Media Manager
Erin Therese Kelley
Erin Kelley has a bachelor's degree in bioinformatics and molecular biology, and a master's degree in biochemistry focusing in computational biology. As part of the Working Fires social media team, Erin makes TikTok videos and Instagram reels that share the wonders of science. Her day job finds her in the lab, where she works as a research scientist.
Ritchelle has been a freelance copyeditor for well over a decade. She handles academic publications for professional organizations and international nonprofits, as well as commercial nonfiction and fiction titles for publishers of all sizes, and gets to enjoy the best of both worlds. She has degrees in communication and education and was once a teacher.